Single-finger playing is performing technique on the stringed bow instruments, used by Djuro Zivkovic. The single-finger playing involves only one, single finger of the left hand to play melody. Theoretically speaking, the single-finger playing is the simple position changing. The effect produced by the single-finger playing is very smooth and sometimes reminds to singing, particularly in legato (bowed legato).


The single-finger playing example in PSALM XIII. Arrangement for symphonic string orchestra, Violin II.

Performance instructions

Single-finger playing should be explained on the first page in those parts that involves such technique and in the score:

The melody has to be played only with one finger (a simple position changing).

In the score it should be used as:

  • single finger—- (first time)
  • s.f.—- (continuing times)
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